Coffee with a Cop in Falkville

By Lauren Thornton Tobin|Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville residents have no need to be alarmed when they see a swarm of police cars at Love’s Travel Station and McDonald’s early in the morning on Nov. 5.

Instead, they may want to take a step inside and meet local law enforcement officers one-on-one while getting their morning perk.

Falkville police officers are hosting Coffee with a Cop from 6 to 9 a.m. and community members are invited to discuss town issues and ask questions, all while getting to know the men and women who protect and serve them.

School Resource Officer Seth Sullivan said most of the time when people meet police officers, it’s after a wreck or a domestic situation. This event takes the stress of unfortunate circumstances off residents’ shoulders and gives them a chance to speak to officers in a calm, informal place.

“This is a totally different setting,” he said. “We’re just putting it at a time where (community members) can come to us and not have to worry about other things they have on their minds.”

When officers met with townspeople last year, Sullivan said the questions were of general nature, such as seatbelt laws and speed limits on county roads.

“There’s no hidden agenda; it’s just us answering questions,” he said.

Most officers attending the event are off-duty, giving their time to the people of Falkville as a way to better familiar themselves with those to whom they serve.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The program aims to encourage community policing through improving relationships between officers and residents.

Sullivan said he, along with Falkville Police Department, wants to thank Love’s Travel Stop and McDonald’s for sponsoring Coffee with a Cop.

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